A look at the Falcons current depth chart

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The Atlanta Falcons are actually going to play football soon. Real football. Well, it's preseason, so I guess you can kind of call that real. But still, we're all ready.

Friday Night Lights proved to be a success again, as over 14,250 fans showed up to watch. It was a good chance to see some of the players fighting for spots in action. Here's a look at the Falcons depth chart prior to that scrimmage, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC. We'll see if this remains unchanged for Thursday's game against the Bengals,

Offense First Second Third Fourth Fifth
WR Julio Jones Drew Davis Kevin Cone Rashad Evans Darius Johnson
LT Sam Baker Ryan Schraeder Terren Jones
LG Justin Blalock Phillipkeith Manley Matt Smith
C Peter Konz Joe Hawley Jacques McClendon
RG Garret Reynolds Harland Gunn Alec Savoie
RT Mike Johnson Lamar Holmes Theo Goins
TE Tony Gonzalez Tommy Gallarda Chase Coffman Levine Toilolo Andrew Szcerba
WR Roddy White Harry Douglas Marcus Jackson James Rodgers Marcus Sales
QB Matt Ryan Dominique Davis Sean Renfree Seth Doege
RB Steven Jackson Jacquizz Rodgers Antone Smith Josh Vaughan Donald Russell
FB Jason Snelling Bradie Ewing Patrick DiMarco Devonte Campbell

There isn't much in question on the offensive side of the ball, at least in regards to the starters. Garrett Reynolds isn't looking spectacular at right guard, but they'll have to hope he's ready for action. Mike Johnson is locked is as the started at right tackle. Lamar Holmes is only moving ahead if Johnson suffers an injury.

Also, please, someone step up at wide receiver. Drew Davis and Kevin Cone are yet again the "promising young wideouts," but we need to see them take a few strides to make an impact. Harry Douglas is still filling the slot as best as he can, which is incredibly mediocre.

Defense First Second Third Fourth Fifth
LE Osi Umenyiora Jonathan Massaquoi Stansly Maponga Brandon Thurmond
DT Corey Peters Travian Robertson Cliff Matthews Adam Replogie
DT Jonathan Babineaux Peria Jerry Micanor Regis Neal Huynh
RE Kroy Biermann Malliciah Goodman Cam Henderson
OLB Sean Weatherspoon Robert James Paul Worrilow
MLB Akeem Dent Pat Schiller Brian Banks
OLB Stephen Nicholas Joplo Bartu Nick Clancy
CB Desmond Trufant Dominique Franks Peyton Thompson
CB Asante Samuel Robert Alford Jordan Mabin
FS William Moore Charles Mitchell Zeke Motta
SS Thomas DeCoud Shann Schillinger Kemal Ishmael Troy Sanders

Robert McClain is the starter at nickel, which is essentially the base on defense, so don't get all worked up that he isn't listed. Again, like the offense, we know who the starters are for the most part. Desmond Trufant is the leader to line up opposite Asante Samuel, but Robert Alford is a contender as well.

Can the young defensive ends be effective? Jonathan Massaquoi has relatively high expectations despite the few reps he's seen. Cliff Matthews is better than Peria Jerry. Most players probably are.

ST First Second Third
K Matt Bryant Jeremy Shelley
KO Matt Bosher
P Matt Bosher Sean Sellwood
KR Jacquizz Rodgers Robert Alford
PR Harry Douglas Dominique Franks Robert Alford
LS Josh Harris
H Matt Bosher

Alford is a threat to become a return specialist, and the Falcons could desperately use his skills. As long as they don't start Dominique Franks, I'm fine.

Atlanta still has plenty of decisions to make with their backups. Let's here your thoughts/concerns with the current depth chart.

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